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$5 Million for Eastholme in Powassan

April 16, 2021

POWASSAN – Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing is pleased to announce that the Ontario government is investing $5,322,947 in one-time combined federal-provincial funding to improve and make upgrades to Eastholme in the Municipality of Powassan. It’s part of a $100 million investment to install heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, and make retrofits or repairs to fire sprinkler systems, in 95 long-term care homes across the province. These investments will help provide care, comfort and safety to residents.

“This investment will benefit many of the most vulnerable people in our community, providing them with the comfortable and safe living spaces they deserve,” said MPP Vic Fedeli. “Our government puts the safety and well-being of long-term care residents at the heart of everything we do.”

“I’m pleased to see this investment in Long-Term care in Nipissing-Timiskaming. Providing high efficiency heating and air conditioning for the residents of Eastholme Home for the Ages will lead to a better quality of life for seniors who have given so much to our community over the years,” said Anthony Rota, MP for Nipissing-Timiskaming.

“On behalf of the Eastholme Board of Management, our residents and the municipalities supporting our Home it is my great pleasure to hear that we are the recipients in this joint government program. With these funds, we will be able to make the necessary improvements to our aging automated air exchangers and air conditioning units. We will also will have the necessary funding to do much needed replacements on windows throughout the building. These repairs will aid us to continue providing the best possible care to our residents at Eastholme,” said Jim Coleman, Chair of the Eastholme Board of Management. “This combined provincial – federal program is very much required throughout our province and I applaud both governments for what they are doing for the extended care of the elderly in residences across Ontario. Thank you sincerely for what you have done for Eastholme, it is very deeply appreciated.”

Funding will assist Eastholme Home for the Aged with the following:

  • Providing high efficient HVAC heating and Air conditioning for better air flow in all resident areas and maintain consistent humidity, heating and air conditioning levels. In addition, the project will update network infrastructure to enable the upgrade of the building automation system which allow for operation and adjustment of HVAC units remotely 24/7.
  • Furthermore, the project will install new windows to improve air quality in all home areas.

This funding is part of a combined federal-provincial investment of up to $1.05 billion to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

In addition to helping communities build the necessary infrastructure to keep Ontario’s long-term care residents, families and staff comfortable and safe, this investment will create hundreds of local construction jobs, and support local businesses and suppliers.

QUICK FACTS

  • This is part of the Government of Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan
  • In the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, the province set aside a total of $246 million to improve living conditions in long-term care homes, including ensuring residents have air conditioning.
  • Ontario is investing $2.68 billion for the delivery of 30,000 new spaces over ten years. The province now has 20,257 new and 15,918 redevelopment spaces in the development pipeline.
  • Ontario has committed to an average of four hours of direct care per day for our loved ones living in long term care homes and is the first province in Canada to take this important step.

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